Sony an­nounces an­i­mated Spi­der-Man

The China Post - - ARTS - BY LIND­SEY BAHR

Sony Pic­tures an­nounced plans for an an­i­mated “Spi­der- Man” fea­ture from the “Lego Movie” writ­ing/di­rect­ing team of Christo­pher Miller and Phil Lord on Wed­nes­day at Cine­maCon. But the be­lea­guered stu­dio failed to ad­dress the ele­phant in the room for the au­di­ence of theater own­ers at the an­nual con­fer­ence: “The In­ter­view.”

In De­cem­ber, amid the hack on Sony and per­ceived ter­ror­ist threats, the ma­jor theater chains de­cided not to show “The In­ter­view” in their the­aters. In a state­ment, Re­gal En­ter­tain­ment Group ref­er­enced the “wa­ver­ing sup­port” of Sony in Re­gal’s de­ci­sion not to show the film. Ul­ti­mately, Sony or­ches­trated a day- and- date re­lease for the film, and it main­tained the po­si­tion that ex­hi­bi­tion of the film was the sole de­ci­sion of the theater own­ers.

Speak­ing pub­licly to theater own­ers for the first time since the hack, Rory Bruer, Sony’s pres­i­dent of world­wide dis­tri­bu­tion, kicked off the stu­dio’s pre­sen­ta­tion say­ing only that “there were a few sto­ries writ­ten about Sony last year. A cou­ple that I’m go­ing to em­bel­lish for our grand­chil­dren.”

Sony Pic­tures En­ter­tain­ment’s new chair­man, Tom Rothman, as­sured the theater own­ers that, in the wake of the hacks, Sony has not only sur­vived, but thrived. “Thank you for stick­ing with us and un­der­stand­ing some unique cir­cum­stances,” he said.

But nowhere in the pre­sen­ta­tion was any ex­plicit ref­er­ence made to the un­prece­dented sit­u­a­tion sur­round­ing the re­lease of “The In­ter­view.”

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